For the last post of my (@deareverest
I‘ll leave you all with some words not my own. The sheer quantity of quotes about Paris (Pinterest 🙊) speaks to its capacity to move people. Yet, one of the things that has made this city such an icon is the people who have chosen to visit or live here, immortalizing it through art: Isadora Duncan, Georges Sand, Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, Ginsberg, Kerouac... the list goes on. Paris itself could be a chapter in the history of ideas—surrealism meets fashion meets revolution meets the Salon—it all happened here, on these streets.
As Rebecca Solnit explains in Wanderlust: “More than any other city, [Paris] has entered the paintings and the novels of those under its sway, so that representation and reality reflect each other like a pair of facing mirrors, and walking Paris is often described as reading, as though the city itself were a huge anthology of tales. It exerts a magnetic attraction over its citizens and its visitors, for it has always been the capital of refugees and exiles as well as of France.” And so we are drawn here, perhaps physically or perhaps just in desire, because this place means or has meant something to us. I see something truly beautiful in that, the tentacles of this city stretching all over the world, into the hearts of people who’ve been here, some who never have, some who will, and some who won’t, yet all united in a nebulous love for these streets and what they represent.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to look at my photos and read my captions this week, it has been truly wonderful to be here sharing with you! Feel free to follow along in my Parisian adventures on @deareverest
and otherwise, “we’ll always have #seemyparis
.” 😜 Happy Sunday!!